Labour set to apologise to antisemitism whistleblowers
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:44:01 GMT
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Exclusive: party prompts anger from Corbyn allies as it attempts to draw line under allegations

Labour is poised to make a formal apology to antisemitism whistleblowers as part of a settlement designed to draw a line under allegations made during the Jeremy Corbyn era, the Guardian has learned.

The whistleblowers sued the party for defamation in the wake of a BBC Panorama investigation last year. No final settlement has been reached but sources said an agreement was imminent, prompting anger from Corbyn allies who accused the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, of capitulating.

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MP who beat Chris Grayling to intelligence chair role loses Tory whip
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:45:57 GMT
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Julian Lewis kicked out of parliamentary party after beating Boris Johnsonas pick

Boris Johnson was humiliated on Wednesday after Chris Grayling, his pick to lead parliamentas powerful intelligence and security committee, was unexpectedly rejected in an ambush by MPs.

The former cabinet minister was defeated by fellow Conservative Julian Lewis a prompting an embarrassed Downing Street to kick the victor, who was accused of duplicitous behaviour, out of the parliamentary party.

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Boris Johnson indicates at PMQs he has not read winter coronavirus report
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:35:29 GMT
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Keir Starmer presses PM over scientistsa call for preparations for possible second wave

Boris Johnson has indicated he has not read a government-commissioned report setting out urgent measures needed to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus, telling the Commons only that he was aawarea of it.

Johnson was questioned at length by Keir Starmer at prime ministeras questions about the study by 37 senior doctors and scientists, published this week, and the need for an effective test-and-trace system to mitigate any new outbreak.

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British Vogue editor racially profiled by magazine's security guard
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:49:48 GMT
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Edward Enninful told to use the loading bay on arriving to work on Wednesday

The editor of British Vogue has said he was racially profiled after being told to ause the loading baya by a security guard as he entered the magazineas offices.

Edward Enninful, who is black, has been the fashion magazineas editor-in-chief since 2017. He said the incident took place as he walked into his offices on Wednesday.

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No-deal Brexit would hit 'red wall' areas hard, manufacturers warn
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:16 GMT
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Lobby group says former Labour seats have most to lose from collapse of talks

Britainas manufacturers have warned Boris Johnson that former ared walla seats won by the Tories in last yearas election would be at most risk of severe economic damage from Brexit talks collapsing.

Sounding the alarm with less than six months before the end of the Brexit transition period, the manufacturing lobby group Make UK and the accountancy firm BDO said industrial areas in the north of England, the Midlands and Wales could face a atriple whammya should a deal with the EU fail to emerge.

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Governmentsa dietary guidelines are harming the planet, study finds
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 22:30:15 GMT
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Across the world, failure of official advice to provide sustainable, healthy diets is shocking, say scientists

Official dietary advice across the world is harming both the environment and peopleas health, according to scientists who have carried out the most comprehensive assessment of national dietary guidelines to date.

Food is responsible for a quarter of the emissions driving the climate crisis and millions of early deaths. The analysis assessed all available dietary guidelines, covering 85 countries and every region of the world. The researchers said governmentsa failure to help people eat good diets was ashockinga.

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Climate change made Siberian heatwave 600 times more likely a study
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:00:13 GMT
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Human fingerprint on record temperatures ahas rarely, if ever, been clearera, says report

The record-breaking heatwave in the Siberian Arctic was made at least 600 times more likely by human-caused climate change, according to a study.

Between January and June, temperatures in the far north of Russia were more than 5C above average, causing permafrost to melt, buildings to collapse, and sparking an unusually early and intense start to the forest fires season. On 20 June, a monitoring station in Verkhoyansk registered a record high of 38C.

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Twitter accounts of prominent figures, including Biden, Musk and Obama, compromised in major hack
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:55:10 GMT
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Accounts of Uber and Apple also appear to have been compromised as part of scam instructing followers to transfer cryptocurrency

The Twitter accounts of major public figures and corporations, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Apple were hijacked Wednesday, in a stunning show of force by hackers. Twitter said it was aware of aa security incidenta and ataking steps to fix ita, but provided no further information hours after the hack began.

The hack unfolded over the course of several hours, and it appeared that Twitter was only able to stop it by preventing verified accounts from tweeting at all a an unprecedented measure.

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Ghislaine Maxwell is married, prosecutors say in court
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:20:13 GMT
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Prosecutors say Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to involvement in Jeffrey Epstein crimes, has declined to identify spouse to officials

The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who faces federal charges in Manhattan for allegedly enabling Jeffrey Epsteinas sex trafficking of minor girls, is married, prosecutors said during a court proceeding.

Related: Oklahoma governor tests positive for coronavirus as US cases set new record a live

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Civil servant in charge of bullying inquiry into Priti Patel to leave post
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:15:34 GMT
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Helen MacNamara will become a permanent secretary in an as-yet unidentified Whitehall department

The senior civil servant in charge of the bullying inquiry into the home secretary, Priti Patel, is to leave her post next month in another major Whitehall shake-up.

Helen MacNamaraas new role as a permanent secretary in an as-yet unidentified Whitehall department will heighten speculation that No 10 is clearing the way for Patel to be cleared of multiple bullying allegations.

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Amber Heard stole my sexual assault story, ex-aide tells libel trial
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:45:54 GMT
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Kate James also says she often received abusive text messages from Johnny Deppas ex-wife

Amber Heardas former personal assistant has accused the actor of stealing her own experience of being a victim of sexual violence and twisting it into a different story.

In evidence given remotely from Los Angeles, Kate James also said she had regularly received a barrage of drunken, abusive and incoherent text messages from Heard between 2am and 4am.

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Coronavirus live news: Fauci says US must 'stop nonsense'; South Africa cases top 300,000
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:58:06 GMT
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Dr Fauci predicts US will meet end-of-year vaccine target; Ireland advises against all travel; Canada approaches zero daily deaths. Follow the latest updates

US president Donald Trump issued a rare rebuke of his senior adviser Peter Navarro on Wednesday, saying he should not have written the scathing USA Today opinion piece about Dr Fauci. Navarro, a trade adviser who at times has expanded his reach within the Trump White House, wrote:

Dr Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.

Well, he made a statement representing himself. He shouldnat be doing that. No, I have a very good relationship with Anthony.

South Africa has surpassed 300,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as the first wave of the pandemic crashes into the African continent.

South Africaas 311,049 cases make up close to half of those across the 54-nation continent.

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Global report: Barcelona facing new lockdown as Tokyo raises alert level
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:01:00 GMT
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Tensions over how to quell outbreak in Catalan capital as cases flare up around the world

Part of the northern Spanish region of Catalonia has gone back into lockdown, with Barcelona suggesting it might also follow suit with restrictions in some districts, as authorities sought to control a resurgence of coronavirus cases emerging just weeks after a nationwide lockdown was lifted.

As a judge overturned a previous court decision to approve the stay-at-home order for the Lleida area, west of Barcelona, friction was emerging over how to handle an increase in cases in a suburb of the Catalan capital.

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England's Covid-19 frontlines: the race to prevent local lockdowns
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 07:47:38 GMT
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The Guardian went to Lancashire and Liverpool, two areas where infection hotspots are emerging, to watch health directors and their teams at work

At the end of last week, the race was on. Blackburn with Darwen council was identified as an area of aconcerna by Public Health England.

With the number of infections rising,an emergency meeting of the Local Resilience Forum, which brings together NHS, councils across Lancashire, emergency services and other agencies, was called last Thursday to devise a plan.

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'Things have not gone according to plan': America's coronavirus reopening falls apart
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:00:07 GMT
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States and localities across the US are backtracking amid a patchwork response as Covid-19 continues to rage

In echoes of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, some American states and localities are reversing economic reopenings after spread of the coronavirus accelerated in some regions.

Americaas Sun Belt, the region extending from southern California to Florida, has been particularly hard-hit, and now further flung and less populous states are joining the ranks rolling back reopenings.

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'Not much difference': few takers on first day of hospitality VAT cut
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:00:15 GMT
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Much remained quiet or closed in centres of Manchester and London as measure came into effect

Shoppers and workers were in scant supply in London and Manchesteras city centres on Wednesday, leaving few people to take advantage on the first day of a reduction in VAT for food, accommodation and attractions.

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in his summer statement last week, slashed valued added tax from 20% to 5% on goods and services including meals in restaurants, cafes and pubs, hot takeaway food and entrance to attractions such as zoos and museums.

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aI canat afford to turn away businessa: view from shops on face mask rules
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:10:25 GMT
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The Guardian speaks to shop owners about new face mask rules in Scotland and England

After mixed messages last week from the UK government over the wearing of face coverings, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on Tuesday they would be made mandatory in shops in England from 24 July.

The policy, which was introduced in Scotland on Friday, will be enforced by police, who have the power to implement fines of up to APS100, but shop workers will be expected to aencouragea the wearing of face coverings.

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Treasury mulls plan to set up coronavirus toxic debt body to save UK small businesses
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:16 GMT
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City calls for state-owned recovery corporation to handle APS35bn of unsustainable government-backed debt

The Treasury is reviewing a aradicala proposal for a new state-owned body that would manage APS35bn of toxic coronavirus debt and help save up to 780,000 British businesses.

A City taskforce, the Recapitalisation Group, led by EY and the lobby group TheCityUK, is recommending that a government-owned UK Recovery Corporation be established to handle a growing pile of unsustainable government-backed debt that could otherwise wipe out thousands of businesses and lead to 3 million job losses.

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Isle of Wight infection rates dropped after launch of contact tracing app
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:37:46 GMT
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Scientists adisappointeda app has not been deployed since first one was scrapped

Infection rates dropped dramatically on the Isle of Wight following the launch of an NHS contact tracing phone app, which was later scrapped in an embarrassing government U-turn, according to an analysis.

After having initially suggested the app would be rolled out nationally by the end of May, the government ditched the project and decided to focus on manual contact tracing, with no fixed date for when an app might be available. Now new research shows that the region went from among the worst R rates in the country a 147th out of 150 local authorities a to having one of the lowest R rates (10th out of 150) in the country after the app was launched.

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California hits record 11,000 daily cases amid coronavirus surge
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 22:42:48 GMT
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  • Positive cases up 3.3% in seven days
  • Hospitalizations also hit record high

California recorded its largest number of coronavirus infections in a single day on Tuesday, amid efforts to halt reopening statewide.

Related: aThings ainat going back to normala: Californians reel as shutdown hits again

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Alarm as Covid-19 reaches recently contacted Amazon tribe
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:01:42 GMT
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  • Activists fear devastation as virus arrives at indigenous reserve
  • At least six coronavirus cases among isolated Nahua people

The Covid-19 virus has reached a remote reserve for recently contacted indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon, despite efforts to shield the extremely vulnerable population from the pandemic.

Related: 'Coronavirus could wipe us out': indigenous South Americans blockade villages

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aThings ainat going back to normala: Californians reel as shutdown hits again
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:24:23 GMT
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A surge in coronavirus cases has prompted the state to roll back reopening measures, leaving some businesses to close all over again

Californiaas dramatic rolling back of reopening after a surge in coronavirus cases has left businesses scrambling to make sense of conflicting orders. And for some, it has meant closing up shop all over again.

On Monday Gavin Newsom, Californiaas governor, ordered all bars to shut down and all restaurants, movie theaters and museums to halt indoor operations. In the 30 counties on the stateas monitoring list, indoor operations at places of worship, fitness centers, hair salons, barbershops and malls were also ordered to shut.

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Colombian cartels killing those who don't obey their Covid-19 lockdowns
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:31:21 GMT
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Human Rights Watch calls on government to do more to protect civilians after at least eight murdered by armed groups

Drug cartels and rebel groups are imposing their own bloody coronavirus lockdowns across Colombia a and killing those who do not obey, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

At least eight civilians have been murdered by the armed groups, some of them holdovers from Colombiaas half-century civil war, which are using Whatsapp chats and pamphlets to warn citizens of the lockdowns in the rural areas where they operate.

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Lockdown sparks and sex after 60: aThe meeting of minds is a great aphrodisiac'
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:30:10 GMT
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A lot has changed since Elizabeth Quinn last entered the online dating abear pita but the slower pace of distanced love is a revelation

A few years ago, while travelling in Europe, I met an Englishwoman in her early 70s. She introduced her husband to me by saying, aThis is Bill. I advertised for him in the Guardian.a

Twelve years before, when they had both been in their early sixties, Bill had responded to her newspaper advertisement. Over the next few weeks a correspondence ensued, culminating in a meeting at a pub. They shared a counter lunch and a postprandial encounter of a different kind back at his place. She never went home.

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Allyship or stunt? Marc Quinnas BLM statue divides art world
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:11:54 GMT
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Artistas sculpture to replace Edward Colston criticised as a avotive statue to appropriationa

Marc Quinnas statue of a Black Lives Matter protester has divided opinion in the art world with critics calling it a aan opportunistic stunta, while Booker prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo said it showed ainitiativea and aactive allyshipa.

The artwork was installed in a asecret missiona on to the plinth which had housed a statue of slave trader Edward Colston until it was torn down and rolled into Bristol harbour during BLM protests in June.

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The power of touch: I was hugged for the first time at 18. It meant confronting my deepest fears
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:00:06 GMT
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I had grown up in brutal poverty, and saw touch as a privilege for those with less traumatic backgrounds. Then a friend and mentor changed my life

Welcome to the Guardianas Power of Touch series

It happened one day during my first year of college at Rutgers University, in my home state of New Jersey. The anti-apartheid movement was raging on my college campus, there was still a massive buzz about Jesse Jacksonas first run for president and I had instantly become woke, as we say, because of names such as Winnie and Nelson Mandela, because of the Aids and crack epidemics, and because of my adopted big sister on campus, an older student named Lisa Williamson, who would later become the famed activist and bestselling author Sister Souljah.

For sure, Lisa was one of the most incredible speakers I had ever heard. She was a fearless leader, and I became so instantly fond of her, I even called her aMaa just like I did my own mother. And she adored me, taught me and shared with me everything that she knew and was learning, in real time.

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Special report: the battle to keep Britain's leisure centres open | Sean Ingle
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:00:12 GMT
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Nearly half of Britainas public leisure centres face going under by Christmas as the sector reels from the effects of Covid-19

aWhat people donat always see is that we are more than just a swimming pool and a gym,a says Natalia Stothard, the business manager of the Pelican Centre in Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, as she starts to convey just how much the unprecedented crisis facing Britainas leisure centres also risks devastating communities across the land a including her own.

aThere are high levels of deprivation within this borough a thatas why we have holiday camps where children are provided with a free meal at a really reduced rate,a says Stothard, who took over the centre in 2012 after it faced being shut down because of austerity cuts. aAnd if somebody is in trouble in the community, they will come as they know itas a safe space.

aWe also have a lot of retired members a one of our most popular sessions is Young at Heart swimming. Weave even got a member whoas in his 80s, who only comes in for a chat, which is lovely. But now we are increasingly worried.a

Related: Back us or risk losing half UK's public leisure centres, industry warns

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'Travel without moving': how people are seeing the world through strangers' windows
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:05:01 GMT
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As Covid-19 makes travel a distant memory, people are sharing videos of whatas outside their windows via the WindowSwap project

Wouldnat it be a relief a considering we are all stuck inside and travel is a distant memory a if you could get a change of scenery? A new view would do us all well, and with that in mind, people across the world a from Beirut, to the French Antilles, to Hawaii a have been making short videos of whatas right outside their windows to share so we can still explore during quarantine.

See someoneas world from their window in Oxford, Michigan, where the reflection of emerald trees bounces off the water. See potted plants dance in the breeze in Honolulu. If itas chaos youare craving, opt for the busy bustling road in Londonas Brixton, where red buses and white vans hurry past tower blocks seemingly unaware of the menacing dark cloud hovering above.

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Like a borderline sociopath, Johnson again misjudges the mood of the chamber | John Crace
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:06:53 GMT
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PM has yet another PMQs horror show as he responds to Starmeras solemn question with a bad joke

Itas become a standard strategy for Boris Johnson at prime ministeras questions, ever since he got mullered in their first few outings. Unable to cope with the detail of Keir Starmeras questions, he lashes out with diversionary tactics. Either accusing the Labour leader of doing something he hasnat done, answering a completely different question or playing to the non-existent gallery of Tory backbenchers.

Thereas just one large spanner in the works. Itas not working. Because at every PMQs Boris merely reveals more of the true character he is trying to conceal. The thin-skinned, unprepared opportunist who cannot tolerate a word of scrutiny or criticism. Itas like dealing with a toddler. If youare not 100% behind him, saying how marvellous he is, then you are totally against him. There are no in betweens. In terms of emotional development, Boris is barely out of nappies.

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aMPs should be role modelsa: Gove and Truss face-off stirs mask debate
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:35:13 GMT
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Pret a Manger customers respond after ministers took opposite approaches while at food chain

After facing an accusation that ministers were in a acomplete muddlea over plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops, they were images that Downing Street could have done without.

Pictured leaving the same Pret a Manger in Westminster on Tuesday morning, eight minutes apart, the cabinet minister Liz Truss donned a face mask whereas her colleague Michael Gove did not.

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Daphne Guinness: 'I stood almost naked for six hours, being splashed with water'
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:38:51 GMT
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The fashion muse and heiress on the stylish Mitford side of her family, her uniform of black and white and the deaths of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow

This is the splash dress, a collaboration between the photographer Nick Knight and designer Iris van Herpen. It involved me standing on top of a pillar in my shoes, naked apart from a thong, being splashed with water for about six hours until there was a shot they could work with. Iris took the frame she liked, and she spent the next week creating the dress out of plastic, based on the picture. I was then shot in the dress by Nick. It was quite incredible making something so impermanent like water into a dress.

Iris worked at Alexander McQueen as an intern so she very much came out of that world. I would work quite closely with McQueen; he was my friend so he would go through all my things and take them apart and send them back to me in pieces. After the exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in 2011 [showcasing Guinnessas clothing collection, including pieces by McQueen, who had died in 2010, and those originally owned by her friend Isabella Blow, who died in 2007], I decided I couldnat deal with any more death and destruction. I sold half of my things and created a scholarship for students at Central Saint Martins. I had to change the end of the story.

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In conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet - podcast
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 02:00:31 GMT
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Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet are two of Britainas most successful contemporary poets. They discuss why, despite being born a generation apart, their work is still exposing racial injustice

Benjamin Zephaniah became a poet at age 22, when he had his first poetry book published by a workeras co-op in 1980. He believed poetry should be accessible and that readings should be as lively as gigs, so he started performing with a reggae band. George the Poet (real name George Mpanga), who was born in in 1991, rose to prominence first as a spoken-word poet, then a rapper and, more recently, a podcaster mixing narrative fiction, with contemporary news and rap.

Anushka Asthana talks to them both about growing up as young black men in England, the issues that inform their work and why the British empireas legacy meant they have both turned down honours.

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Mask discourse is the latest stupid episode in our endless coronavirus hell | Joel Golby
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:34:57 GMT
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Whatas with anti-mask ideologues? If you told me dunking my head in a barrel of hand sanitiser would bring back normality faster, Iad do it

I got my first cab in months the other day, in the depths of what I would call a asoul-changinga hangover, and therein lay a problem. On the one hand, the hangover needed satiating: at my knees I had a blue plastic bag filled with all the corner-shop supplies needed to take it down a 1 x pre-packaged iced coffee, 1 x 1.5-litre bottle chilled water (sparkling), 1 x generic unbranded aaloe drinka, 1 x white chocolate flapjack the size and weight of a brick, 1 x tube Rolos; an erratic bag, Iall admit a and I intended to consume them over the course of the drive and arrive bright and bouncing and refreshed. On the other hand, I had completely forgotten I was required to wear a mask in the cab until the car silently pulled up next to me, and you canat eat flapjack through a mask.

Related: UK coronavirus live: no plans to make people wear masks in offices, says Matt Hancock

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Steve Bell on Donald Trump claiming credit for UK's Huawei ban a cartoon
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:00:11 GMT
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Why it's time to stop talking about English identity | Alex Niven
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:33:09 GMT
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Countering conservative patriotism with a liberal version is almost impossible unless England becomes independent

Never underestimate the surreal wisdom of the great British public. That is the message to be gleaned from a recent YouGov survey, which showed that over a third of adults living in England would vote yes to the question, aShould England be an independent country?a if a referendum were held tomorrow (the figure rises to nearly 50% among the over-65s).

These findings point to a key problem with the seemingly endless recent debate about English patriotism. Some participants no doubt held nuanced views about the uncertain future of the UK. But framing the question as one of aEnglish independencea shows how hopelessly confused the discourse of nationalism has become over the last few years. Which imperial yoke would these hypothetical yes voters be throwing off in an English independence referendum? The United Kingdom a a nation state centred on, led by, and overwhelmingly dominated by England over the last three centuries? Or some other, imagined oppressor?

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Margrethe Vestager 100% correct over public mood on Apple tax case | Nils Pratley
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:04 GMT
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Court defeat for Brussels is reminder of glacial pace at which international tax reform proceeds

Margrethe Vestager may as well give up. If the EUas competition commissioner canat win her highest-profile case in the EUas second-highest court, then the EUas tax arrangements, as they apply to multinational tech companies, will remain a free-for-all.

In practice, she may plough on. The Luxembourg-based general courtas order that Apple does not need to pay a!13bn (APS11.7bn) in back taxes to the Irish government can be challenged. Lawyers may yet enjoy many more years of lucrative work.

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London rents are falling fast a and that's good news for tenants | Patrick Collinson
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:09:12 GMT
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People are leaving the city as the coronavirus lockdown eases and they work from home elsewhere

Private rents are falling in London at an extraordinary pace. Figures prepared exclusively for the Guardian by Rightmove reveal that in zone 2 of the capital, rental asking prices are down by 8% since February alone. They are falling even more dramatically in the heart of the city (down 18%), but thatas only the international market, which has little to do with real workers. What the zone 2 figures (they cover areas such as Hackney, Brixton, Camden Town, Finsbury Park, Hammersmith and others) tell us is that tenants are fleeing London, and the property market is cracking.

Take the story of 29-year-old bank worker Elaine a she asked me not to give her real name a who is one of many quitting the capital. She has rented in south London for seven years since graduating, but this week sheas handing in the keys to her Tooting flat, heading instead to the commuter town she came from. But she wonat be doing any commuting. The APS850 a month she used to pay for just a bedroom in her London flatshare will pay for her own flat with plenty of space, where she will work from home.

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Yes, social media can be asinine a but acancelleda pundits like Bari Weiss arenat the victims | Moira Donegan
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:43:08 GMT
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Weiss and her compatriots believe that public discourse has become less decorous because it has moved to the left a but itas because it has moved online

If youare familiar with the navel-gazing internecine squabbles of the US national media, you probably know that Bari Weiss, the millennial conservative writer who for years attracted controversy and online consternation for her opinion columns, recently quit the New York Times, saying that the newspaper was insufficiently supportive of her because of her political views.

Weissas departure comes on the heels of an open letter, signed by more than 150 pundits, commentators and public intellectuals, Weiss included, that decried the censoriousness of internet acancel culturea. And that letter itself came soon after the firing of Weissas mentor, James Bennet, as the New York Timesa opinion editor, in response to the publication of an op-ed calling for the use of state violence against protesters, which Bennet claimed not to have read.

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Arsenal's Lacazette and Nelson make Liverpool pay for defensive lapses
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:21:14 GMT
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There will be no 100-point gloss for the champions. Arsenal produced a stirring display of deep rearguard defence, leavened by two moments of slapstick from the Liverpool backline. It was enough to inflict a third league defeat on JA1/4rgen Kloppas team, and to provide a most unexpected twist after another piece of defensive frailty had left the red and white shirts a goal down after 20 minutes, and looking once again like a porous unit.

All three first-half goals in this 2-1 Arsenal victory had come from defensive errors triggered by energetic, well-drilled forward pressing. The fact that the two most decisive came from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson was both a surprise and a tribute to the sustained defensive concentration of Mikel Artetaas team, who will take great heart from this show of resilience.

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Joe Root is back and England need his runs to fight back against West Indies | Vic Marks
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:00:12 GMT
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The captain returns to boost Englandas top order, while Sam Curran and Ollie Robinson also join the squad for Old Trafford

Not to worry. Joeas back. It is not that England were rudderless at the Ageas Bowl and missing Rootas dynamic leadership. But they were missing his runs. Root is the best batsman in the team, so at Old Trafford on Thursday there is every chance that compiling a significant score will not be such a tortuous exercise for an England side in the uncomfortable position of being 1-0 down in a three-match series.

Admittedly Root has not batted in the middle since January on the tour of South Africa, having been absent not only for the first Test against West Indies but also the practice match beforehand. But he will be fresh and invigorated. His presence enhances the chances of a significant innings from an English batsman. At the Ageas Bowl, which was hardly a minefield, there were just two half-centuries for England from Dominic Sibley (50) and Zak Crawley (76). No wonder they lost.

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Gabriel Jesus's skill steers Manchester City past battling Bournemouth
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:23:32 GMT
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Manchester City roll on to Wembley while Bournemouthas Premier League status becomes ever more precarious. A week beginning with the court of arbitration for sport appeal victory moved to this hard-fought win for Pep Guardiolaas side before the continuation of their FA Cup defence against Arsenal.

Despite a late rally, Bournemouth remain third-bottom on 31 points with two games left a one less than the other teams embroiled in the relegation battle.

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Rugby players of both codes have increased risk of osteoarthritis
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:16 GMT
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  • Durham University study found 51% of retirees have condition
  • Majority of elite players had at least one concussion in career

A new study has found that elite rugby players of both codes in the UK typically suffer more than five times the number of injuries in their careers than athletes do in non-contact sports, while amateur rugby players suffer three times as many.

Most of those who took part in the study played a decade either side of 2000, before rugby union instituted measures to improve the management of player welfare, but as the current generation prepares to return from their lay-offs, the paper published in Sports Medicine reminds them of the toll.

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Labour asks government to deliver manifesto pledge of 'fan-led review'
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:30:14 GMT
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  • Shadow sports minister writes to Nigel Huddleston
  • Review would assess controversial ownersa and directorsa test

The Labour Party has called on the government to adeliver on its manifesto pledge to football fansa by implementing a review into the reform of the game.

The sustainability of the football pyramid has been called into question amid the Covid-19 crisis, while long-running issues over governance contributed to Wigan Athleticas dramatic slump into administration this past month.

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Carlo Ancelotti warns Jordan Pickford his form must improve for Everton
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:30:14 GMT
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  • Manager took goalkeeper to one side after Wolves defeat
  • aFor the quality he has, and he agreed, he has to be bettera

Carlo Ancelotti has warned Jordan Pickford his form must improve during face-to-face talks with the erratic Everton goalkeeper.

Ancelotti admitted he questioned the attitude of every player involved in Sundayas dire defeat at Wolves and demanded a reaction against Aston Villa on Thursday. The manager also took Pickford aside at Finch Farm to discuss the England internationalas inconsistent performances and revealed the keeper accepted the criticism.

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Harry Kane at double as Tottenham beat Newcastle to boost European hopes
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:19:53 GMT
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Long before kick-off JosA(c) Mourinho walked out on to the pitch and stood alone, his eyes scanning the vast empty stands. The Tottenham manager says Newcastle became apart of my lifea during his years working as first interpreter and then coach under the late Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona and that he retains an aemotional connectiona with the club.

This bond a something perhaps intensified now Mourinho knows Newcastle could soon be the subject of a APS300m Saudi Arabian-led takeover for which he expressed considerable pre-match enthusiasm a may have been behind the Portuguese failing to win on his seven previous visits to St Jamesa Park as a Premier League manager.

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Rory McIlroy happy to contest US PGA in locked-down California
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:26:10 GMT
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  • Yearas first major coming up at Harding Park in three weeks
  • World No 1 grouped with Koepka and Woods at the Memorial

Rory McIlroy remains content with the playing of the first major of a disrupted golfing year in California, despite coronavirus restrictions returning to the state just three weeks before the US PGA Championship is due to start.

Harding Park in San Francisco will host the event from 6 August. No spectators will be allowed on site but question marks remain after California introduced a second lockdown. Covid-19 cases had surged after the earlier easing of guidelines.

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The Circle: masculinity, racism and brotherhood on a Hackney estate a video
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:57:02 GMT
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Two brothers living on a council estate in Hackney, east London, express their experiences of masculinity, racism and brotherhood through dance and direct testimony. 

Revealing interviews are set against dynamic movement sequences, communicating their histories and emotions in a way that words alone could not. This imaginative film explores experiences of anxiety and depression while uncovering love and vulnerability in a close-knit community

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'Incredible' Boohoo denying knowledge of factory allegations, says MP
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:16 GMT
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Philip Dunne, chair of parliamentary committee, says it is ashamefula it took pandemic for firm to acknowledge issues

Boohoo has been criticised by the chair of an influential committee of MPs, who said the online fashion firm had failed to address warnings of malpractice at Leicester factories.

Philip Dunne, the chairman of the environmental audit committee, which questioned Boohoo co-founder Carol Kane about problems in Leicester factories in November 2018 for a report on the fast fashion industry, has disputed claims the group was not aware of potentially illegal working practices at factories making its garments.

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The day Bristol woke up to a new statue
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:57:05 GMT
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City responds to guerrilla installation of sculpture inspired by the day the Colston statue fell

When Bristol went to bed on Tuesday night, the question was theoretical: what should replace the toppled statue of the slave trader Edward Colston?

When it woke up, the answer was concrete a or, at least, resin and steel. Just before 5am, a team directed by the artist Marc Quinn had swiftly and almost silently installed a sculpture of a Black Lives Matter activist, Jen Reid, and driven away.

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29% of UK businesses to cut jobs in next three months, survey says
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:16 GMT
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British Chambers of Commerce reports big firms more likely to cut jobs than smaller businesses

Almost a third of companies plan to make job cuts in the next three months as the government prepares to wind down its furlough scheme, one of Britainas leading business lobby groups has warned.

Sounding the alarm amid warnings of a steep rise in unemployment, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said 29% of businesses in a survey of 7,400 firms planned to cut the size of their workforce in the next three months.

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Boris Johnson confirms plans for 'government hub' in York
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:35:22 GMT
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PM says city should be in frame if Commons or Lords have to move during restoration work

Boris Johnson has confirmed that Downing Street is thinking of setting up a agovernment huba in York, telling officials drawing up restoration plans for the Palace of Westminster that they should consider the city if the Commons or Lords have to be moved.

Restoration of the parliamentary estate, which is crumbling in many places and viewed as a significant fire risk, could cost an estimated APS6bn, and the plans are still being debated.

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Coronavirus fears in Blackburn: aWe need to get on top of thisa
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:10:28 GMT
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Businesses urge people to follow rules to avert local lockdown as case numbers rise

In prime wedding season, the streets of Whalley Range in Blackburn would normally be bustling with brides-to-be buying intricately embroidered luxury silks and guests heading into the sweetshops to pick up boxes of delicately flavoured gifts.

But on this wet Wednesday morning, most of the shops were closed. Others welcomed a handful of customers with signs in the window reminding them to socially distance.

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Claim Amanda Staveley in charge of Abu Dhabi Barclays deal 'a fantasy', court told
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:28:22 GMT
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Court hears evidence from ex-director of sovereign wealth fund as bank sued for up to APS1.5bn

A former director who helped manage Abu Dhabias sovereign wealth fund in 2008 said it was a afantasya to claim that Amanda Staveley was in charge of the Gulf stateas investment in Barclays, alleging that the businesswoman had avery limited knowledgea about those kinds of deals.

In a witness statement submitted to the high court, David Forbes said Staveleyas private equity firm, PCP Capital Partners, had not been given a mandate to manage Abu Dhabias investment.

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BBC announces further 70 job cuts in news division
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:11:28 GMT
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Cuts are on top of 450 previously announced, and are likely to hit Radio 4 and political shows

The BBC has announced plans to cut a further 70 jobs from its news division, with Radio 4 and political programming expected to be badly hit.

Staff on shows such as Today, World at One and PM on Radio 4 are privately warning that audiences should expect less distinctive programmes, with more discussion of stories that have been covered across the rest of the BBC.

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Fear of Pizza Express closures as chain faces takeover by bondholders
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:27:27 GMT
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Group of investors in bonds worth APS465m reportedly in advanced talks over deal

Pizza Express is set to be taken over by its bondholders, with the possibility of restaurant closures as the high street chain struggles with the loss of revenues during the coronavirus pandemic.

The chainas Chinese owner, Hony Capital, could lose control of the company as part of a debt-for-equity swap.

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Fauci says White House's 'bizarre' attacks on him damage Trump a live
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:34:09 GMT
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Marylandas Republican governor Larry Hogan said the White Housea campaign to discredit Anthony Fauci are aabsolutely outrageousa.

In an interview with ABC, Hogan said:


Itas one of the biggest mistakes, I think, that the administration has made throughout this entire coronavirus response, because Dr. Fauci is, in my opinion, the most respected guy in the administration, and the voice of truth and reason throughout this pandemic.

And thereas a number of mistakes that have been made, but I think sidelining him and trying to run this campaign to attack his credibility is one of their biggest mistakes so far.

Twitter issued a statement approximately 90 minutes after scam messages began being sent out by Elon Musk and Bill Gatesa accounts, as the attack was ongoing.

aWe are aware of a security incident impacting accounts on Twitter,a the company said on Twitter. aWe are investigating and taking steps to fix it. We will update everyone shortly.a

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Twitter accounts of prominent figures, including Biden, Musk and Obama, compromised in major hack
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:31:15 GMT
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Accounts of Uber and Apple also appear to have been compromised as part of scam instructing followers to transfer cryptocurrency

The Twitter accounts of major public figures and corporations, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Apple were hijacked Wednesday, in a stunning show of force by hackers. Twitter said it was aware of aa security incidenta and ataking steps to fix ita, but provided no further information hours after the hack began.

The compromised accounts, which count tens of millions of followers, sent a series of tweets proposing a classic bitcoin scam: followers were told that if they transferred cryptocurrency to a specific bitcoin wallet, they would receive double the money in return.

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aThings ainat going back to normala: Californians reel as shutdown hits again
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:24:23 GMT
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A surge in coronavirus cases has prompted the state to roll back reopening measures, leaving some businesses to close all over again

Californiaas dramatic rolling back of reopening after a surge in coronavirus cases has left businesses scrambling to make sense of conflicting orders. And for some, it has meant closing up shop all over again.

On Monday Gavin Newsom, Californiaas governor, ordered all bars to shut down and all restaurants, movie theaters and museums to halt indoor operations. In the 30 counties on the stateas monitoring list, indoor operations at places of worship, fitness centers, hair salons, barbershops and malls were also ordered to shut.

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Megan Thee Stallion says she was shot multiple times on Sunday
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 22:20:40 GMT
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  • Rapper, 25, says in Instagram post she asuffered gunshot woundsa
  • Fellow rapper Tory Lanez arrested on concealed weapons charge

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said on Wednesday that she was shot multiple times on Sunday, but expects to fully recover.

aI suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me,a the 25-year-old Texan whose legal name is Megan Pete wrote in an Instagram post, without saying who shot her or why.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves hospital and 'doing well' at home
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:35:02 GMT
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  • Supreme court justice, 87, treated for possible infection
  • Ginsburg had procedure to clean stent, spokeswoman says

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from a Baltimore hospital, a day after being treated for a possible infection, a supreme court spokeswoman said.

The hospital admission is the latest health challenge for the liberal justice, who, at 87, is the courtas oldest member.

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Trump weakens rules on environmental reviews of infrastructure projects
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:29:40 GMT
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Plan reduces number of projects, such as pipelines and highways, subject to review and limits scope of investigations

The Trump administration is rolling back major environmental protections that require the US government to comprehensively analyze how proposed projects like pipelines and highways affect surrounding communities.

Trump announced the changes on Wednesday afternoon from a UPS airport hub in Atlanta, where he backed the widening of commercial truck lanes on Interstate Highway 75. The White House said projects like the Atlanta expansion would have taken seven years to permit and now should take less than two years.

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Bleak new record as 71,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:01:01 GMT
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  • Experts say coronavirus will drive such deaths higher
  • Trend driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids

Nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a new record that predates the Covid-19 crisis, which the White House and many experts believe will drive such deaths even higher.

Preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the trend is driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids, which accounted for 36,500 overdose deaths. Deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine also are rising.

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Ghislaine Maxwell is married, prosecutors say in court
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:20:13 GMT
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Prosecutors say Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to involvement in Jeffrey Epstein crimes, has declined to identify spouse to officials

The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who faces federal charges in Manhattan for allegedly enabling Jeffrey Epsteinas sex trafficking of minor girls, is married, prosecutors said during a court proceeding.

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George Floyd's family sues Minneapolis over police killing
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:27:21 GMT
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Lawsuit also names four officers involved in death that sparked protests across US and beyond

The family of George Floyd has filed a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis, seeking damages for Floydas killing by the police.

The lawsuit, filed in US district court in Minnesota, also names the four officers involved in Floydas death on 25 May, including Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floydas neck for nearly nine minutes and has since been charged with second-degree murder.

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Republican congressman charged with felonies related to illegal voting
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:17:39 GMT
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Steve Watkins changed voter registration address to a UPS store in Topeka, Kansas, in 2019, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported

Steve Watkins, a Republican congressman in Kansas, was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor on Tuesday related to illegally voting in a 2019 local race. The charges came in a state where Republicans have for years made claims of widespread non-citizen voting, with little evidence.

Prosecutors did not provide details of the charges, but said they were related to a 2019 local election. The Topeka Capital-Journal previously reported that Watkins changed his voter registration address to a local UPS store in Topeka in August 2019. He made the change to hide that he was living with his parents at the time, according to the Kansas City Star. Watkins also allegedly lied to a detective about the matter in February, according to court documents obtained by the Star.

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Vanity Fair cover is by Black photographer for first time
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:30:47 GMT
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Dario Calmese photographs Viola Davis for July/August issue, marking milestone in magazineas 107-year history

For the first time in its 107-year-history, Vanity Fair magazine has featured the work of a Black photographer on its cover.

Dario Calmese, who has previously photographed the actors Billy Porter and George MacKay for the magazine, captured the the image of the Emmy-, Oscar- and Tony-award-winning actor Viola Davis for the July/August issue.

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Oklahoma governor who rejected mask order tests positive for coronavirus
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:23:20 GMT
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  • Kevin Stitt, 48, isolating home after feeling aa little acheya
  • Republican pursued bold reopening plan and rarely wore mask

Oklahomaas governor, Kevin Stitt, has become the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus.

Related: Fauci says White House's 'bizarre' attacks on him damage Trump a live

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Covid-19 map of the US: latest cases state by state
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:45:11 GMT
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With countries all over the world affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the US has emerged as a global hotspot. The Trump administration has been criticized for being slower to act than other countries. The US currently leads the world in both confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

Itas important to point out that the actual death toll is believed to be far higher than the tally compiled from government figures.

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Ignoring effects of Covid-19 on women could cost $5tn, warns Melinda Gates
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:13:31 GMT
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aWe get recovery if we get equalitya philanthropist argues in new paper urging policymakers to address unpaid labour

The failure of leaders to take into account the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on women, and their roles in lessening its harm, will mean a long, slow recovery that could cost the world economy trillions of dollars, Melinda Gates has warned.

Even a four-year delay in programmes that promote gender equality, such as advancing womenas digital and financial inclusion, would wipe a potential $5tn (APS4tn) from global GDP by 2030.

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Coronavirus live news: Fauci says US must 'stop nonsense'; South Africa cases top 300,000
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 23:38:04 GMT
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Dr Fauci predicts US will meet end-of-year vaccine target; Ireland advises against all travel; Canada approaches zero daily deaths. Follow the latest updates

South Africa has surpassed 300,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as the first wave of the pandemic crashes into the African continent.

South Africaas 311,049 cases make up close to half of those across the 54-nation continent.

Hello and welcome to todayas live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

My name is Helen Sullivan and Iall be bringing you the latest from around the world a and, as always, it would be great to hear from you. Send tips, suggestions, questions and embarrassingly large gifts to me on Twitter @helenrsullivan or via email: helen.sullivan@theguadian.com.

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Alarm as Covid-19 reaches recently contacted Amazon tribe
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:01:42 GMT
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  • Activists fear devastation as virus arrives at indigenous reserve
  • At least six coronavirus cases among isolated Nahua people

The Covid-19 virus has reached a remote reserve for recently contacted indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon, despite efforts to shield the extremely vulnerable population from the pandemic.

Related: 'Coronavirus could wipe us out': indigenous South Americans blockade villages

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Colombian cartels killing those who don't obey their Covid-19 lockdowns
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:31:21 GMT
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Human Rights Watch calls on government to do more to protect civilians after at least eight murdered by armed groups

Drug cartels and rebel groups are imposing their own bloody coronavirus lockdowns across Colombia a and killing those who do not obey, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

At least eight civilians have been murdered by the armed groups, some of them holdovers from Colombiaas half-century civil war, which are using Whatsapp chats and pamphlets to warn citizens of the lockdowns in the rural areas where they operate.

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aThere's a direct relationshipa: Brazil meat plants linked to spread of Covid-19
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:32:36 GMT
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Conditions at plants contributed to transmission of virus, experts say, as country remains second only to US for deaths

Brazilian meat plants helped spread Covid-19 in at least three different places across the country as the virus continues to migrate from big cities to the countryas vast interior, experts have said.

At the beginning of this week the country was second only to the US with 1.88 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 72,833 deaths .

Its powerful agribusiness sector is allied with the countryas far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed the pandemic as a alittle flua. The beef sector is worth $26bn (APS20.7bn), according to the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA), while its chicken industry is worth another $8bn.

Meat plants have stayed open during the pandemic, and staff work closely together, often in refrigerated areas. Other countries, including the US, Canada, Ireland and Germany, have also seen clusters around slaughterhouses.

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The deadly plague that could devastate the US rabbit population
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:00:07 GMT
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Scientists arenat sure they can mitigate the spread of the virus, which causes fevers, internal bleeding and liver failure

In early March, Gary Roemer was walking in the hills of New Mexico with his dog, Duke. Usually Duke would chase rabbits, but never catch them. This time, though, he brought back a jackrabbit.

Roemer, a wildlife biologist with the University of New Mexico in Las Cruces, initially thought the rabbit was just feeble. But the next day he found a fresh carcass with grisly conditions: it was bleeding from the nose and the anus. aThatas when I thought: this is pretty unusual,a Roemer says.

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'Travel without moving': how people are seeing the world through strangers' windows
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 20:05:01 GMT
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As Covid-19 makes travel a distant memory, people are sharing videos of whatas outside their windows via the WindowSwap project

Wouldnat it be a relief a considering we are all stuck inside and travel is a distant memory a if you could get a change of scenery? A new view would do us all well, and with that in mind, people across the world a from Beirut, to the French Antilles, to Hawaii a have been making short videos of whatas right outside their windows to share so we can still explore during quarantine.

See someoneas world from their window in Oxford, Michigan, where the reflection of emerald trees bounces off the water. See potted plants dance in the breeze in Honolulu. If itas chaos youare craving, opt for the busy bustling road in Londonas Brixton, where red buses and white vans hurry past tower blocks seemingly unaware of the menacing dark cloud hovering above.

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'Humans need it': Will a lack of sex force players to break the NBA's bubble?
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:00:05 GMT
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When the league resumes at the end of the month, players will be without their partners for weeks. Coping without intimacy could be tough to deal with

At one end of the spectrum there is Wilt Chamberlain, the NBA Hall of Famer who built a Bel Air mansion with a mirrored velvet sex den and claimed to have bedded 20,000 women.

At the other, the three-time champion AC Green is best known for two feats of stamina: appearing in an NBA-record 1,192 consecutive games and staying a virgin throughout his 16-year career.

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Dolce & Gabbana holds first major physical catwalk show of coronavirus era
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:39:14 GMT
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Guests at menswear show asked to physically distance and wear face masks

As the fashion industry grapples with how to turn a new leaf in the wake of Covid-19, Dolce & Gabbana became the first major fashion house to revive the physical catwalk show. Its menswear event on Wednesday was staged in the grounds of Milanas Humanitas University, where research into a coronavirus vaccine is currently taking place.

The 260 guests, mostly although not exclusively Italian, were asked to keep a 1-metre distance from fellow show-goers, wear a mask at all times, and warned that if their bodily temperature exceeded 37C on arrival, they would be refused access.

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Trevor Noah: 'Coronavirus does not care about the news cycle'
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:36:40 GMT
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Late-night hosts discuss Californiaas Covid-19 closures and Trumpas plan to hold the Republican convention in Florida

Trevor Noah offered a serious warning for pandemic months to come in America as California, a state home to nearly one out of every eight Americans, abruptly changed course on its phased reopening. Because of spiking numbers in several counties, the governor, Gavin Newsom announced on Monday the closure of gyms, hair salons, and churches in 29 counties, and statewide closure of indoor restaurants, bars and theaters; its two biggest public school districts will now only do remote learning in the fall.

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Authoritarian voters pushed Trump to victory. Can they do it again?
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:00:06 GMT
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Trump took advantage of Americansa authoritarian streak in 2016 and has been busily eroding democratic norms ever since

As Donald Trumpas celebration speeches, tweets, and interviews sound increasingly authoritarian, should we be worried?

The answer, of course, is yes.

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Yes, social media can be asinine a but acancelleda pundits like Bari Weiss arenat the victims | Moira Donegan
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:43:08 GMT
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Weiss and her compatriots believe that public discourse has become less decorous because it has moved to the left a but itas because it has moved online

If youare familiar with the navel-gazing internecine squabbles of the US national media, you probably know that Bari Weiss, the millennial conservative writer who for years attracted controversy and online consternation for her opinion columns, recently quit the New York Times, saying that the newspaper was insufficiently supportive of her because of her political views.

Weissas departure comes on the heels of an open letter, signed by more than 150 pundits, commentators and public intellectuals, Weiss included, that decried the censoriousness of internet acancel culturea. And that letter itself came soon after the firing of Weissas mentor, James Bennet, as the New York Timesa opinion editor, in response to the publication of an op-ed calling for the use of state violence against protesters, which Bennet claimed not to have read.

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Healthcare is Trump's Achilles heel. Republicans don't get it | Lloyd Green
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 10:15:07 GMT
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Five million Americans have lost their health insurance in a pandemic - yet Republicans are still trying to end Obamacare

Like Moloch, the ancient pagan god, Donald Trump is ever ready to demand that Americans sacrifice themselves for his greater good. He commanded that states open up early, and then this happened: Arizona, Florida, and Texas are looking like Wuhan redux. Come this fall, the president also expects that parents will put their children in harmas way for the sake of his re-election bid. In response, teachers have taken to drafting their wills, just in case.

Related: Supreme court upholds Trump rules letting more employers deny contraceptive coverage

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Congress has the legal power to investigate Silicon Valley. Let's make it count | Zephyr Teachout
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:30:07 GMT
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Lawmakers are about to undertake their first major antitrust hearing in 50 years. They should make tech companies squirm

In the last decision of the 2019-2020 supreme court term, Trump v Mazars, John Roberts outdid himself in being John Roberts. He authored a 7-2 decision in which he appears to stand up against Donald Trumpas lawlessness, by clarifying that Congress can issue subpoenas for Trump financial documents. However, the congressional power is constrained by a new, vague, four-part test for courts to use in approving subpoenas for presidential documents. Roberts grandly reaffirmed congressional power to investigate the executive branch in theory, while making it harder in practice. He presented himself as the sober, rule-of-law judge, calling balls and strikes in the childish conflict between Congress and the executive branch a while giving himself more power.

Yet thereas one big silver lining in Mazars: while shifting power from Congress to the courts in executive branch investigations, it gave Congress a huge green light for investigations into big corporations. According to the logic of the opinion, Congress is at the peak of its power when investigating economic behavior in service of prospective legislation.

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Bella Hadidas deleted Instagram post shows how Palestinians are silenced | Arwa Mahdawi
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 06:00:03 GMT
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The model posted a picture of her fatheras passport only for it to be removed. Sometimes asserting your humanity as a Palestinian is portrayed as an act of aggression

Is the word aPalestinea hate speech? Instagram seems to think it may be. The social media platform recently removed a post by the model Bella Hadid celebrating her Palestinian heritage. According to Hadid, Instagram deleted a photo shead shared of her dadas US passport, which listed his birthplace as Palestine; Instagram said it violated acommunity guidelines on harassment or bullyinga and noted the platform doesnat allow ahate speecha.

aAre we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram?a Hadid demanded. aThis, to me, is bullying. You canat erase history by silencing people.a

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Arsenal's Lacazette and Nelson make Liverpool pay for defensive lapses
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:21:14 GMT
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There will be no 100-point gloss for the champions. Arsenal produced a stirring display of deep rearguard defence, leavened by two moments of slapstick from the Liverpool backline. It was enough to inflict a third league defeat on JA1/4rgen Kloppas team, and to provide a most unexpected twist after another piece of defensive frailty had left the red and white shirts a goal down after 20 minutes, and looking once again like a porous unit.

All three first-half goals in this 2-1 Arsenal victory had come from defensive errors triggered by energetic, well-drilled forward pressing. The fact that the two most decisive came from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson was both a surprise and a tribute to the sustained defensive concentration of Mikel Artetaas team, who will take great heart from this show of resilience.

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Texans' Kenny Stills charged with felony during peaceful Breonna Taylor protest
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:01:53 GMT
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  • Wideout among 87 arrested in protest at Kentucky AGas home
  • Stills also faces disorderly conduct, criminal trespass charges

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was arrested and charged with a felony during a protest at the home of Kentuckyas attorney general.

Stills, 28, was charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, which is a felony, according to the Louisville jailas booking log. The log shows Stills was booked at 11:36pm local time Tuesday and was one of 87 participants arrested after marching to the home of the attorney general Daniel Cameron to protest the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

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Harry Kane at double as Tottenham beat Newcastle to boost European hopes
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:19:53 GMT
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Long before kick-off JosA(c) Mourinho walked out on to the pitch and stood alone, his eyes scanning the vast empty stands. The Tottenham manager says Newcastle became apart of my lifea during his years working as first interpreter and then coach under the late Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona and that he retains an aemotional connectiona with the club.

This bond a something perhaps intensified now Mourinho knows Newcastle could soon be the subject of a APS300m Saudi Arabian-led takeover for which he expressed considerable pre-match enthusiasm a may have been behind the Portuguese failing to win on his seven previous visits to St Jamesa Park as a Premier League manager.

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Rod Laver climbed tennis's sporting Everest twice, without asterisks | Linda Pearce
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 08:34:58 GMT
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Winning all four majors in a single year, and doing so twice, is a wondrous feat worthy of the verdict: aThe best of the besta

Rod Laver recognises the apples/oranges element inherent in comparing records across eras, but the player acknowledged as the finest of his generation and voted as the best of the 20th century did something no other tennis great ever has: win the grand slam, twice. Repeat: all four majors in the same year. Twice.

The first, in 1962, was from a so-called amateur field already weakened by the defection to the professional ranks of players such as Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall and Pancho Gonzales. The second a and most significant a followed Laveras own 21-slam exile while touring with the pros. The year, 1969, was the first full season of Open tennis. A towering achievement. With chronic elbow soreness. Without asterisks. A sporting Everest climbed.

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In conversation with Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet - podcast
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 02:00:31 GMT
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Benjamin Zephaniah and George the Poet are two of Britainas most successful contemporary poets. They discuss why, despite being born a generation apart, their work is still exposing racial injustice

Benjamin Zephaniah became a poet at age 22, when he had his first poetry book published by a workeras co-op in 1980. He believed poetry should be accessible and that readings should be as lively as gigs, so he started performing with a reggae band. George the Poet (real name George Mpanga), who was born in in 1991, rose to prominence first as a spoken-word poet, then a rapper and, more recently, a podcaster mixing narrative fiction, with contemporary news and rap.

Anushka Asthana talks to them both about growing up as young black men in England, the issues that inform their work and why the British empireas legacy meant they have both turned down honours.

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The Great Gatsby prequel set for release days after copyright expires
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:47:31 GMT
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Michael Farris Smithas book Nick will tell story of Nick Carrawayas life before meeting the millionaire of F Scott Fitzgeraldas novel

Nick Carraway, last seen at the end of The Great Gatsby contemplating the futility of trying to move beyond our past, is set to reveal a little more of his own, with author Michael Farris Smith announcing his prequel to F Scott Fitzgeraldas classic novel.

Related: Top 10 tales about the rich | Sarah Blake

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Don McLean's handwritten lyrics to Vincent up for auction
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:39:15 GMT
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  • Asking price of $1.5m for tribute to Dutch painter Van Gogh
  • Song famous for opening words aStarry, starry nighta

The original handwritten lyrics of Don McLeanas song Vincent a tribute to painter Vincent van Gogh, are going up for sale with an asking price of $1.5m.

The Los Angeles-based rare documents dealer Moments in Time said on Wednesday that the lyrics, scrawled in pencil over 14 pages with deletions and additions, are being sold by a person who acquired them directly from the American singer-songwriter.

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Rediscovered erotic gramophone by Ascar DomAnguez goes on display
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:44:02 GMT
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Picasso Museum in Barcelona showcases Jamais more than 80 years after it went missing

A long-lost work by the Spanish surrealist artist Ascar DomAnguez that has been missing for more than 80 years has been rediscovered in a warehouse in Paris and put on display at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

The work, Jamais (Never), was a star attraction at the famous international surrealist exhibition in Paris in 1938 organised by the poet Paul Aluard along with Picassoas close friend AndrA(c) Breton as well as Marcel Duchamp, Salvador DalA and Man Ray.

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Insecure's Natasha Rothwell: 'I was deeply obsessed with David Brent'
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:30:07 GMT
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The writer, producer and scene-stealer on reluctantly defecting to the US The Office, and why sheas itching to play a villain

Anything on HGTV [Home and Garden Television]. I just love home improvement shows, from redecorating to renovating to gardening. It sounds super cheesy, but I think we need more of that spirit of wanting to improve things and make peopleas lives better. Finding beauty in the rubble is my jam. I have the channel on all the time a I even put it on when I leave the house to keep my dog company.

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'Mike Leigh's office almost went up in flames': casting directors tell all
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:59:33 GMT
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As Bafta rewards scripted casting for the first time, those doing the choosing talk us through the process a from being flashed at in auditions to chasing would-be stars around with a tenner

Casting can make or break a TV show or film. Pick the right actors and you could be looking at rave reviews and best performance accolades, while the wrong choice could be distracting or a worse still a drag down the whole production.

This weekas Bafta television craft awards will be celebrating the importance of casting directors, with the first ever prize for casting on scripted TV series. Ahead of the awards, the nominees delved into the highs and lows of their profession, from pursuing potential new faces through the streets for days to discovering a huge new talent such as John Boyega.

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Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club and Tina by Chris Frantz review
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 06:30:03 GMT
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The trouble with David Byrne ... A revealing inside account of the highs and lows of a band who looked and sounded like nobody else

A winter afternoon, Providence, Rhode Island, 1973. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz are art students and madly in love. Theyare working on their paintings when theyare interrupted by Chrisas new bandmate, an awkward dropout with homemade trousers and home-cut hair by the name of David Byrne. He wants help with a song, and so Tina offers to write a section in French, tossing in as an afterthought the shouted line: aI hate people when theyare not politea. Chris chips in with lyrics too, and by the end of the afternoon they have come up with aPsycho Killera, the first defining masterpiece of one of the greatest rock bands of all time a though at the time they are still labouring under the hapless name of the Artistics.

Within a year, all three were living in an unregenerated loft on Chrystie Street, in the wilds of the Lower East Side (1,700sq ft on the ninth floor, with views of the Empire State Building a yours for a cool $289 a month). Weymouthas car battery was regularly stolen and there was no heat in the building after 5pm, but the neighbourhood was a Whoas Who of the avant garde. Ornette Coleman, Lauren Hutton, William Burroughs, John Giorno and Robert Mapplethorpe all lived on the Bowery, while the painter Robert Rauschenberg owned a former orphanage around the corner. Best of all, there were bands everywhere, from the Ramones to Angel and the Snake, fronted by a local beauty called Debbie Harry.

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Donald Trumpas niece says president is dangerous and calls on him to resign
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:36:04 GMT
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Mary Trump, whose bombshell book was published Tuesday, tells ABC that the country is aon a precipicea

Donald Trumpas niece Mary Trump called on Wednesday for the president to resign and said her uncle was dangerous for America.

Trump, whose bombshell book about her family was published on Tuesday and trailed in the Guardian and other outlets last week, told ABC that the US is aon a precipicea with the November election coming up.

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Trump twists stats on police brutality: 'more white people' are killed
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:42:13 GMT
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President makes remark in CBS interview but research shows Black Americans are up to 3.5 times as likely to be killed by police

Donald Trump has once again stoked racial grievances, telling an interviewer who asked a question about the police killing of George Floyd that white people also get killed by law enforcement in the US.

In an echo of his comments on white nationalist marchers and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, when he said there were afine people on both sidesa, the president did not take the opportunity to talk about the problem of racially motivated police brutality on Tuesday, but switched to talk about white victims.

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Revealed: Phoenix officer brutalized woman during minor traffic stop, then took her to jail
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:50:29 GMT
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Body-cam footage shows an officer with a history of misconduct claims slammed 23-year-old Mariah Valenzuela to the ground within seconds of traffic stop

One week after police in Phoenix, Arizona, were caught on camera surrounding a parked car and killing a man inside, a young woman is coming forward with footage of a brutal assault by another officer in the department.

Mariah Valenzuela, 23, was pulled over one night in January for a minor traffic violation. Body-camera footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the officer involved, Michael McGillis, would not tell the unarmed woman why he stopped her, and that seconds after she said she didnat have ID on her, he tackled and slammed her on to the ground, injuring her head, face, hands and legs.

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Seattle protesters seek recompense for injury and death linked to police action
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:17:32 GMT
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Twelve protesters or their families make financial claims against city, county and state over excessive force or failure to protect

Twelve protesters or their families have filed financial claims against Seattle, King county or Washington state following injuries and a death during recent anti-racist protests that they allege were caused by excessive force by police or due to law enforcement failing to protect them.

aYou go to protest, you go for a cause, you go because youare moved to make society better, youare moved really in a selfless act, for most of these people who have just a passion and belief that something needs to change, something is not good here and it needs to change,a said Karen Koehler, whose firm represents most of the claimants. aAnd youare met with riot police.a

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'Icing on the cake': Native Americans hail ruling that east Oklahoma is tribal land
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:30:07 GMT
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Oklahoma no longer has legal authority to prosecute cases involving Native Americans across about 3m acres

The news alert about a ruling from US supreme court took Kimberly Tiger by surprise.

On Thursday, the court ruled that the federal government never formally disestablished the expansive reservation that is home to Tigeras tribe, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, in Oklahoma.

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Jeff Sessions loses GOP nomination for his old Alabama Senate seat
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 02:16:50 GMT
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The 73-year-old held the seat for two decades before resigning to become Donald Trumpas attorney general in 2017

Jeff Sessions, Donald Trumpas former attorney general, has lost the Republican nomination in Alabama for his old Senate seat, after enduring months of attacks from the president. His loss to Tommy Tuberville, a former college football coach, most likely marks an end to Sessionsa long political career.

Tuberville, a relative newcomer to politics beat Sessions in Tuesdayas Republican runoff, foiling Sessionas efforts to win back the Senate seat he held for two decades before resigning in 2017 to become Trumpas attorney. Trump, who endorsed Tuberville and encouraged Alabamans to reject Sessions, celebrated the news on Twitter.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg in hospital for treatment of possible infection
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:06:38 GMT
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  • Justice resting comfortably and will stay for a few days
  • Ginsburg, 87, sits firmly on supreme courtas liberal wing

The US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been admitted to hospital for treatment for a possible infection. She is likely to be there for aa few daysa, the court announced.

According to a statement, she is resting comfortably and will stay in hospital for a few days for antibiotic treatment.

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Judge halts federal execution of man over claim he suffers from dementia
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:24:53 GMT
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Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, was scheduled for execution on Wednesday

A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man said to be suffering from dementia, who had been set to die by lethal injection in the federal governmentas second execution after a 17-year hiatus.

Related: Judge blocks first federal execution in US since 2003

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Emmanuel Macron accosted by gilets jaunes as he takes Bastille Day walk
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:18:39 GMT
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Call for increased security as French president tells demonstrators abe coola

Anti-government gilets jaunes (yellow vests) hurled abuse at Emmanuel Macron as he walked with his wife, Brigitte, on Bastille Day in a public garden in Paris, prompting calls from opposition leaders for increased security.

Demonstrators confronted the French president and his wife, Brigitte, as they walked with bodyguards in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris on Tuesday.

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British Vogue editor racially profiled by magazine's security guard
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:49:48 GMT
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Edward Enninful told to use the loading bay on arriving to work on Wednesday

The editor of British Vogue has said he was racially profiled after being told to ause the loading baya by a security guard as he entered the magazineas offices.

Edward Enninful, who is black, has been the fashion magazineas editor-in-chief since 2017. He said the incident took place as he walked into his offices on Wednesday.

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Amber Heard stole my sexual assault story, ex-aide tells libel trial
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:45:54 GMT
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Kate James also says she often received abusive text messages from Johnny Deppas ex-wife

Amber Heardas former personal assistant has accused the actor of stealing her own experience of being a victim of sexual violence and twisting it into a different story.

In evidence given remotely from Los Angeles, Kate James also said she had regularly received a barrage of drunken, abusive and incoherent text messages from Heard between 2am and 4am.

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Climate change made Siberian heatwave 600 times more likely a study
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:00:13 GMT
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Human fingerprint on record temperatures ahas rarely, if ever, been clearera, says report

The record-breaking heatwave in the Siberian Arctic was made at least 600 times more likely by human-caused climate change, according to a study.

Between January and June, temperatures in the far north of Russia were more than 5C above average, causing permafrost to melt, buildings to collapse, and sparking an unusually early and intense start to the forest fires season. On 20 June, a monitoring station in Verkhoyansk registered a record high of 38C.

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Edward Colston statue replaced by sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:02:02 GMT
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Exclusive: Artist Marc Quinn leads secret mission to install resin-and-steel figure of Jen Reid at site of toppled Bristol slave trader

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston was replaced in Bristol on Wednesday morning a with a sculpture of one of the protesters whose anger brought him down.

The figure of Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on the plinth with her fist raised after the 17th-century merchant was toppled by Black Lives Matter demonstrators last month, was erected at dawn by a team directed by the artist Marc Quinn.

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Labour set to apologise to antisemitism whistleblowers
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:44:01 GMT
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Exclusive: party prompts anger from Corbyn allies as it attempts to draw line under allegations

Labour is poised to make a formal apology to antisemitism whistleblowers as part of a settlement designed to draw a line under allegations made during the Jeremy Corbyn era, the Guardian has learned.

The whistleblowers sued the party for defamation in the wake of a BBC Panorama investigation last year. No final settlement has been reached but sources said an agreement was imminent, prompting anger from Corbyn allies who accused the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, of capitulating.

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Nature-led coronavirus recovery could create $10tn a year, says WEF
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT
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Report says 400m jobs could be created, and warns there will be ano jobs on a dead planeta

Tackling the global nature crisis could create 400m jobs and $10tn (APS8tn) in business value each year by 2030, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum.

The report warns that when the world recovers from the coronavirus pandemic there can be no business-as-usual, with todayas destruction of the natural world threatening over half of global GDP. In 2019 scientists warned that human society was in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earthas natural life-support systems.

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World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN forecasts, study suggests
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:45:53 GMT
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Changes in population structure due to improving equality and ageing societies will pose policy dilemmas

Global population growth may peak sooner than expected if the lot of women continues to improve, according to a study that says the worldas population could be 2 billion below UN forecasts by the end of the century.

Such a fall would remove some of the projected strain on natural resources but would present governments with stark policy choices over migration and the economy.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir